Dr. David Collier is Professor of Percussion and Director of Percussion Studies at Illinois State University. In addition, he is Associate Director of the School of Music.
Dr. Collier is currently principal timpanist with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and the Heartland Festival. He has served as timpanist with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, the Sinfonia da camera, the Laredo Philharmonic and the Corpus Christi Symphony. In addition, Collier is also active as a freelance percussionist and has performed with artists such as Mannheim Steamroller, Marvin Hamlisch, Joel Gray, Mitzi Gaynor, Henry Mancini, Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, Petula Clark, Aretha Franklin, Tommy Tune, Roger Williams, Shirley Jones and Bobby Vinton.
Dr. Collier received his Bachelor of Music degree from Florida State University, his Master of Music degree from Indiana University--where he was awarded a Performer’s Certificate--and his doctorate in Percussion Performance and Electronic Music from the University of Illinois.